Students & Educators

Design Ignites Change and Worldstudio – the program’s founder – offer a number of programs to engage and support college and university students and educators.

Student projects – in the form of case studies – are displayed on the Design Ignites Change website in a public exchange of ideas that gives visibility to the participants. Notable projects are promoted through a public relations campaign to the business and creative communities, as well as the general public.

Student Fellowship Program

Beginning in 2012, designers that have developed a strong project concept to ignite social change, along with a well researched and thought out implementation plan, will have the opportunity to apply for a Design Ignites Change Student Fellowship, which will include monetary support as well as professional consultation and mentoring for the implementation of their idea. The Fellowship is an expansion of our Awards Program, which was launched in 2009 and continued through the end of 2011. During this time, the Awards Program granted $72,650 to support student design projects addressing social issues in communities across the globe. See past winners here.

Worldstudio AIGA Scholarships

These scholarships help young people from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds to realize their artistic dreams and recognize their efforts to give back to their communities. This program provides financial support for tuition.

Deadline for application is April 1, 2011.


Two workshops are currently being offered:

Worldstudio, in collaboration with the School of Visual Arts in New York City, offers a six-week summer intensive called Impact! Design for Social Change. On par with graduate studies, this program focuses on social entrepreneurship.

Participating students and educators gain the entrepreneurial skills to secure funding for their projects through Funding Social Change workshops.

Mentoring for high school students

College students collaborate with underserved high school students to execute projects around compelling social themes. These are self-guided initiatives, supported by a robust set of open-source guidebooks and documents that give even inexperienced mentors the tools necessary to successfully complete the project while providing a rewarding experience for all participants. Currently Design Ignites Change has two mentoring initiatives underway: Create! Don’t Hate. and School: by Design.

Supporting Educators

Design Ignites Change offers a platform for educators to involve their students in projects that have positive social impact. The program offers guidance on developing and executing social-change projects and visibility for participating schools on the Design Ignites Change website.

Join Us!

To participate in Design Ignites Change download the Registration Form.